According to a report from Ken Rosenthal late Saturday night, the Tigers will name Brad Ausmus their new manager to replace Jim Leyland. Ausmus will reportedly finalize the deal with Detroit with an official announcement expected to be made early in the week.
Brad Ausmus spent Friday with the Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer at Wrigley Field interviewing for the Cubs job after talking to the Tigers about their managerial opening on Monday. Ausmus is believed to be the sixth candidate that has interviewed with the Cubs.
The Cubs are believed to have strong interest in Torey Lovullo. The Cubs have not formally spoken with Lovullo about the job but the interview could take place early in the week. The Cubs are expected to name their new manager before the end of the coming week. And at this point, Rick Renteria and Torey Lovullo appear to be on the Cubs’ shortlist.
The Cubs were thought to be high on the potential Brad Ausmus would bring to the team and were willing to look past his lack of managerial experience. Both Torey Lovullo and Rick Renteria have called the shots in the minor leagues and both have ties to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.
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